02/21/2009 12:00AM

Fountain of Youth speedsters work


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - This Ones for Phil and Notonthesamepage, the two fastest 3-year-olds in the country according to the Beyer Speed Figures, were a contrast in styles when turning in their final preps for their much-anticipated confrontation in Saturday's $250,000 Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream Park.

This Ones for Phil was the first horse to work when the track reopened following the renovation break at 7:30 a.m., and the winner of the Sunshine Millions Dash was sizzling from the moment he left the six-furlong pole under Mario Madrid. This Ones for Phil posted fractions of 11.55 seconds, 22.74, 34.06, and 45.55 for his opening half-mile before tiring a bit down the stretch to complete six furlongs in 1:11.66.

Notonthesamepage followed shortly thereafter. Breaking off a couple of lengths behind regular workmate Osceola Prince, Notonthesamepage began at a more leisurely pace of 23.89 and 47.27 for the opening quarter- and half-mile before easily running past his stablemate to complete five furlongs in 59.36. As usual, jockey Elvis Trujillo was aboard.

Despite the two different types of works, both trainers were happy with what they saw and are ready to get it on in the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth.

"He was working over a fresh track - I love a fresh track, babe - and he didn't look like he was going that fast," said Rick Dutrow, who trains This Ones for Phil. "I'm as happy as can be. I wouldn't be if Mario was hitting him with a stick when he came by me, but he wasn't. The horse was doing it all on his own."

Dutrow, who watched the work from his usual vantage point near the three-eighths pole, said he'll follow the same routine with This Ones for Phil as he did prior to the Sunshine Millions Dash, galloping him daily the remainder of the week before blowing him out the morning of the race. This Ones for Phil earned a 116 Beyer Figure for his victory in the Dash.

"We're ready to run," said Dutrow. "It's going to be a very good race. I just hope we draw an outside post."

Trainer Wesley Ward Jr. was equally delighted with Notonthesamepage's work on Saturday. Notonthesamepage received a 114 Beyer for his runaway win in the Spectacular Bid.

"Everything's great," said Ward. "He scoped clean as a whistle and couldn't blow out a match when he pulled up today. He always trains behind horses and relaxes, but it's one thing to do it in the morning and another thing once they get in the gate. When they open the gate, all he knows is go. It should be a great race. I just wish it was coming up easier."

This Ones for Phil and Notonthesamepage were two of the five prospective Fountain of Youth starters to work around south Florida on Saturday.

Theregoesjojo, who defeated the highly regarded Quality Road under allowance conditions early in the meet, worked five furlongs in 1:01.40 at Gulfstream.

"I sat him behind horses and he ran by them down the lane," said trainer Ken McPeek. "He went his final furlong in 12. This race isn't the end-all for us. I haven't got him cranked up for this. I'm using it as a prep for something. We've still got time for one or maybe two more starts before the Derby."

At Palm Meadows, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin sent out his undefeated Taqarub to drill a bullet half-mile in 47, while at Calder, Bee Cee Cee went five-eighths in 1:01.80.

The field for the Fountain of Youth is also expected to include Break Water Edison, Jack Spratt, Salo Jak, Capt. Candyman Can, Beethoven, and Quality Road.